#Roads & Transport
First Bus
United Kingdom

FirstGroup proposes changes & cuts to the route of the Services No 6 & 7 bus route in Bath.

From 23rd May, the No. 6 bus would only serve FAIRFIELD PARK & the No. 7 bus would only serve LARKHALL.

There would be NO DIRECT LINK between LARKHALL & LONDON RD and CLAREMONT & FAIRFIELD PARK (including the Doctors Surgeries), CAMDEN ROAD & LANSDOWN ROAD.

Also the frequency of each service would be CUT from every 20mins to every 30mins.

These changes to the routes would result in :-

a) a fracture in the close link that has developed between the two halves of the community of Fairfield Park & Larkhall.

b) Residents of Fairfield Park & Camden would not be able to use the bus to reach Larkhall or the London Road directly and transport shopping home up the very steep hill.

c) Residents of Larkhall would not be able to use the bus to attend Fairfield Park Health Centre situated at the top of a very steep hill and equally residents of Fairfield Park would not be able use the bus to attend Grosvenor Surgery at the bottom of the hill.

When we are trying to encourage more people to use public transport, these changes would also be likely to increase car use by residents of the community, which is detrimental to the environment and contradicts the aims of B&NES Core Strategy for reducing carbon emissions.

We, the undersigned, call on First Bus to Reverse its decision to cut the route of the 6 and 7 service serving Larkhall and Fairfield Park. The changes planned by First will mean that there will no longer be any bus services between Larkhall and Fairfield Park.

This cut in service will leave many local people, especially the elderly and those without a car, with no way of getting between these two destinations without an unnecessarily long trip to change buses in the city centre. If First Bus is unwilling to alter this decision, we ask the Council to consult other bus operators on the possibility of an alternative service.

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The Save our 6/7 Buses petition to First Bus was written by Pamela Galloway and is in the category Roads & Transport at GoPetition.